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End the House Special Committee Attacking Planned Parenthood

Exposing people involved in fetal tissue research to harassment and intimidation is not just wrong. It's dangerous and irresponsible. Tell Rep. Marsha Blackburn to dismantle her committee attacking women's health.

Tell Republican Senators: Don't Obstruct President Obama's Supreme Court Nominee

President Obama has fulfilled his constitutional duty to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court, nominating Merrick Garland. And yet Senate Republican leaders are still refusing to do their jobs.

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Combating the Zika Health Crisis

The Republicans are playing games with the health of women and families. Their Zika bill restricts funding for contraception and health care clinics. Learn More »

Can a state constitution provide broader protection for the right to choose than the federal Constitution does?

Yes. Women's freedom and privacy are protected by the U.S. Constitution, as interpreted by the U.S. Supreme Court in the historic Roe v. Wade decision and other cases. However, an increasingly hostile Supreme Court has allowed more and more restrictions on those rights, allowing politicians and others to infringe on private medical decisions in many ways. Fortunately, a number of state courts have ruled that their state constitutions provide stronger protections for the right to privacy and the right to choose than the U.S. Constitution does. If Roe were overturned, eliminating federal constitutional protection for choice, these states might be able to protect women’s continued access to reproductive-health services unless Congress passed legislation banning abortion nationwide, trumping state constitutional protections.

Current State Measures

15 states' constitutions provide greater protection of a woman's right to choose than does the federal Constitution: AK, AZ, CA, CT, FL, IL, IN, MA, MN, MT, NJ, NM, OR, VT, WV.

View a map of all states with State Constitutional Protection.

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